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Friday
Jul262013

Crosses Palm With Silver 036: Charms, Trinkets, Prints, & Readings

Come closer my darlings, I want to tell you something special. I've been hard at work behind the scenes preparing tarot and trinkets and other fine things. I've got conjure works on hand and candles to be prepared. This summer has been enchanted and well, I'm sure yours has been too. I'm currently booking readings for August and September and may be off traveling again if all goes as planned. Links are in bold.

TAROT:

Readings are $100 and last about an hour. You may come to the secret strega house and sit at the altar or I can come to you if you are in the city and it's reasonable.

Online readings vary in price full reading is $85, 10 card is $40, and 3 card is $15. These are all delivered via email.

I have also just added the 9 card Gypsy Witch reading to my etsy store. Covers past, present, and future $40

PALMISTRY:

I'm now offering palm readings online for $40

CLEANSINGS:

Spiritual cleansings $30

House Cleansing & Blessing $100 hr min 2 hrs.

REIKI:

30 mins $60

60 mins $90

 New prints and trinkets are up on my etsy site as well. Stay tuned for an entire candle line, conjurations and more. In the meantimes there's a whole new lot of items and I'm updating weekly. I would love to know what you'd like to see more of. I'm constantly traveling and picking up items I think are charmed and lovely. Let me know your thoughts either here or via email kat@katelanfoisy.com

Click any image to be taken to the store.

Tuesday
Oct192010

Dreams Are Real 018: La Gitana

La Gitana was a name given to me a few years back.  A wonderful Palero named Alfredo had blessed me with a ticket to Miami.  I was checking out some prospective design firms and he needed help bringing his Olokun back to NYC.  He purchased my favorite set of tarot on this trip.  An old Spanish style set and I read for his Godparents.  They were impressed and as a gift bought me a Flamenco dancer doll.  I fell in love with it.  Alfredo got into the car.  "It's special because it's like you.  La Gitana,  that's who you are." And it was true.  I had never embraced it as much as I did at that moment. We drove back to NYC.  We talked about Santeria, the Orishas, Palo, and the ancestors.  I knew I wanted to be a part of it all.  You see, Miami had been very good to me but I was happy to be back in the city.

Robin LeBlanc emailed me a week or two ago letting me know she'd be in town.  Like most people I know her through twitter and through Warren's Whitechapel.

We met up for coffee and cupcakes and walked around the city before deciding to do a quick photo shoot the next day.  My week was packed but I felt this shoot was important.  And when you get that sense you should always follow it.  I went home, painted throughout the night and went to bed exhausted.  Robin and I met up around noon the next day and headed into Williamsburg.  I was to be posing as Frida Kahlo later in the day, so I dressed in advance, leaving only the costume change to be dealt with at four. 

It was the day of coffee and mantillas.  You see I had fallen in love with a comb from Spain and a black lace veil.  Mantillas are gorgeous, everything about them speaks to me.  Years ago I had fallen in love with Spanish culture. 

Robin and I chose Williamsburg to shoot, not only because it was close to where I had to be later in the day but also for the worn brick, street art, and skyline.  We walked up and down the streets stopping only when something interested us, snapping photos, drinking coffee. 

This is one of the first photos she snapped as we walked down the windy road.  It happens to be my favorite.  There are certain moments where you just let go.  You're not really thinking about what you look like, where you're going, or who you are.  You're just there, being.  And I think this captures that. 

The next photograph both of us laughed over.  It was so perfect, a decaying city, the last few sips of caffeine, and a gorgeous piece of lace flowing back and forth as the scent of the water wafted through the air.

We walked down to the water.  The wind swirling around us becoming too much.  She snapped what would become my favorite image of the city.  Construction and all the skyline before us.  It's the kind of photograph that makes you appreciate where you live.

Today I spent the day swinging on swingsets and taking it easy from the weekend.  Last night I live sketched at Gemini & Scorpio's Swing House.  That blog will be posted soon.  Until then, here is my lovely recipe for sopa de salchichon.

 

1 yucca
1 large salchichón (sausage)
4 small potatoes cubed
1 packet ham sazon
7c. water
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 c. noodles
1 tsp.mashed garlic
1 onion chopped
1/4 c. chopped celery
2 envelopes beef sazón
1.5 tbsp. Adobo seasoning
2 ears of corn cut in half
1 small can of tomato sauce

 

Before heating anything take a grater and peel and grate the yucca until you have a pile of shavings.  Sprinkle a little adobo into the yucca and then form balls with the shaved yucca.  Place in a bowl for later.

In a soup pot, heat the oil; add the salchichón, mashed garlic (a pilonazos), adobo, chopped onion and stir fry a little.

Add the water,sazón, and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
Once it boils, bring down the heat to medium.

Add the cubed potatoes,corn, yucca balls, and celery.

Wait approximately five minutes and add the noodles.

Stir frequently to avoid excessive sticking, adjust water when necessary.

When the noodles are fully cooked, turn the heat off.

In a separate pot cook some white rice.  When it is finished place in a seperate bowl.  Place soup in bowl of it's own.  Take a spoonful of rice and gently dip into the soup.  Delicious isn't it?

This recipe is an improvised version of my Godmother's "hangover soup".

Tuesday
Jul062010

Pimp My Artwork 023: La Gitana and Other Fine Tales

As you can see this website got a makeover.  Now if only the weather would get a nice makeover.  I could use a good summer thunderstorm. 

I just finished the new header for the website.  Summer is a magical time and this summer is no exception.  I read tarot at Bull Moose last week and it went wonderfully. I was even promised Romanian soup once the kitchen opens. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello and to new friends.  Chelsea Summers took this image of me in Gypsy attire.

And here's the work in progress image of the header.

This was an interesting piece as it contains so much symbolism.  My spiritual path has a lot to do with working with ancestors so I incorporated orange mums, Day of the Dead figures, death watch beetles, and owl butterflies.  Of course the War Birds paid a visit as well, for to truly find the light you must embrace the darkness on your path.  I wrote a little blog about deathing rituals here.  Sometimes we have to say goodbye to one aspect of our lives in order to make way for new ones.  Sometimes they hurt, and sometimes they don't, but we keep growing, moving, and learning.

I also sent the first love letter to nobody out into the universe.  On the way back from MA, I slipped it into the seat on the Amtrak.  I hope whoever found it enjoyed it.

And speaking of magical things.  Cynthia von Buhler sent me her wonderful Shakespeare Oracle deck along with an original and other goodies.  I am so grateful to have received this gift.  Please check out her work if you don't already know it.  It's magnificent.  And I'm sure I'll be reading this deck the next time I'm over at Bull Moose.

 

Thursday
Apr082010

Crosses Palm With Silver 013: La Gitana Art Sale

Welcome to the caravan my friends.  It's been a busy time for me.  I've been travelling back and forth from MA, doing a number of shoots, finishing art for the tarot, many writing projects, throwing a party with Blue Michael Cosmetics, and now I'l be staying in SoHo for the next couple of weeks before heading to Glasgow and London. 

Spring is also here! Which means I'm clearing out my storage and making space for new paintings to come.  Click the photographs below for many reasonably priced pieces of art for any collector. Prices start at $20 and go up to $400.

Sunday
Oct112009

En Gypsy Couture 01: La Gitana

Our caravan is our family, and the world is our family. - Gypsy Proverb